On April 3, 2018, the new replacement for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), will begin hearing appeals of new zoning by-law and official plan amendments.
Toronto has long struggled with the OMB. The board has been accused of favouring developer interests over the local community, with countless examples of City Council decisions being overturned for development that does not address local community needs and has resulted in what can simply be called, bad urban planning.
Toronto's Downtown is growing rapidly with development exceeding growth targets by decades. We are also facing an affordable housing crisis; unseen homelessness rates; Canada's highest child poverty rates; and an opioid crisis.
In this brave new world of municipal land use planning, the policies of the city’s official plan are expected to be even more crucial to follow if the city is to defend itself at the new tribunal. What considerations have traditionally been left out of the city planning process that should now be raised? And if the city’s goal is to build healthy, inclusive and complete communities, does Toronto have the right policies it needs?
Join Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 for a candid discussion on what the city needs to build healthy and liveable communities in a #PostOMBWorld.
When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, Ontario
Gregg Lintern, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City of Toronto
Cheryll Case, Planner, CP Planning
Shauna Brail, Director and Professor, Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto
Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.
Zahra Ebrahim, Co-Lead, Doblin Canada and Founder of archiTEXT